“I am resigning from my position with the Miami Dolphins and accept full responsibility for my actions. I want to apologize to the organization and my sole focus is on getting the help that I need with the support of my family and medical professionals.”
“I think again the important aspect of it is us having a unified effort. We don’t want to be divided anymore. We don’t want to continue with this divisive rhetoric, we don’t want to engage with this divisive rhetoric. We want to start showing our players, the NFL itself, the NFL community that we can be collectively united to seek the changes that we want to see, which are beneficial to the entirety of society. So I thought it was important that we didn’t do this as individuals but we did it as a collective group.”
I’m not at liberty to say anything further than what I’ve told you, he wrote.
Goodell and Smith were in the same room for hours Tuesday, the commissioner having conveyed a sufficiently open league mind on the topic du jour and Smith having positioned his union as a consolidating force for getting and holding the attention of the league and its owners in a way players might find productive. It was more than symbolic, one source said, that Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was not among the 11 owners in attendance at the midtown morning meeting, as his recent comments on the issue of anthem demonstrations have been viewed by people on both sides as raising the noise level and making it harder to do the actual work at hand.
The best outcome, a source familiar with the content of the meeting said, would be to give players a reason NOT to kneel.